2 teenagers were arrested at Vernal Regional Airport in Uintah County, Utah after stealing and flying a Cessna airplane

Two teenagers were arrested after stealing a plane from a private runway in Utah and taking it with them on Thanksgiving, reports CBS subsidiary KUTV. The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office said the boys, ages 14 and 15, had been arrested at Vernal Regional Airport.

KUTV said the teenagers left a group home earlier this week and went with friends to say. On Thursday, they stole a single-engine Cessna plane after riding a tractor to the airfield.

“The plane was flying very low along US-40 near Gusher, Uintah County, about 32 miles west of Jensen,” the Uintah County sheriff wrote in a press release. “Based on information received by investigators, the teenagers mentioned they were going back to the Wasatch Front, but decided against it and returned to Vernal, where they landed at the airport.”

Police said the duo are being held in a juvenile prison on multiple charges.

Vernal Regional Airport is approximately 170 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.


A Cessna aircraft seen at Vernal Regional Airport on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Uintah County Sheriff’s Office

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